Violets for Vanessa

The Crystal Falls Series, Book 3

Vanessa Gallagher is a very sweet young woman who loves her mom, Darla very much. Vanessa longs for her and her mom to be free from her abusive father, Clyde. She works hard at The Porcelain Teapot tearoom in town to save enough money to be able to rent an apartment for herself and her mom to share.

When Chad James gives Vanessa a ride home one day and they find Darla beaten up by Clyde, Chad wants to help but Vanessa and Darla won’t let him. Chad has known Vanessa all his life and they know everything about each other and their families. Until recently he has always thought of her as a kid. But, now he is realizing that she has become a very lovely and intriguing young woman, a woman who is on his mind more and more since he drove her home that day. Chad longs to help Vanessa and Darla because he knows that without someone to help them, things could get worse.

And it does, Clyde is suddenly found dead and the police suspect Darla. Will Vanessa learn to trust Chad and let him help her and her mom? Will she realize that not all men are abusive and controlling creeps like her father Clyde? Will Chad learn that with all Vanessa has been through that she needs someone to stand beside her and let her be herself, not a hero who believes she needs to be saved?

“Violets for Vanessa” is a beautifully written book that will take you on an incredible journey of the heart and soul! You will find yourself going through every emotion imaginable as you read Vanessa’s story! Vanessa is one young woman who pulls at your heartstrings and whom you want to see make it!  

Dianne Miley has written a sensational story about the healing power of personal strength! But, with that strength is the knowledge that sometimes even the strongest person could use a little help now and then! This is the first book, but definitely not the last I have read by Dianne Miley. I look forward to reading many more of her heartfelt books!

Book Blurb for Violets for Vanessa

Length: Rose

Rating: Sweet

Page Count: 304

Struggling to be free of her abusive father, Vanessa Gallagher maintains her independence by managing a teashop in town and begs her mother to find a safe haven. Determined not to let another man control her, she cannot resist the comforting kindness of handsome contractor Chad James. And his kisses leave her wanting more.

Almost thirty, Chad James yearns to settle down. Spunky Vanessa Gallagher wins his heart, but will she let God into hers? When her father meets his doom at the bottom of a cliff, police suspect Vanessa’s mother. Will Chad help absolve her when he uncovers the truth in an unexpected turn of events? And will Vanessa ever choose love over independence?


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2010 4.75